Functional rehabilitation incorporates clinical lifestyle recommendations, manual treatments and functional exercise regimes to help patients regain normal function of their spine and limbs returning patients to their active daily lifestyles. Therapy begins by identifying faulty patterns of movement often resulting from poor posture, improper lifting mechanics, fitness training errors or injury. In the early stages, subtle changes in movement or muscle activation can go unnoticed by the patient not presenting any symptoms of pain or discomfort. However over time, the increased stresses placed on the joints and surrounding soft-tissues can produce pain in muscles or joints and/or a loss in normal range of motion. In situations such as these pain is often the last thing to come, meaning the dysfunction is present but does not become painful immediately, and then pain is the first thing to go, meaning as we treat you the pain may subside but the problem may still be there requiring a few more treatments to correct the true underlying cause of the problem. Our doctors do not chase pain. Often times where the pain presents is not the area that needs to be treated, the pain may be due to that area compensating and being over-worked from another area not pulling its weight.
This comprehensive and consistent approach works to retrain muscles, restore joint function and prevent recurring injuries and doctor visits. Additionally, doctors will equip the patient with innovative techniques for maintaining proper posture, improving lifting mechanics or workouts, and determining Do's and Don'ts related to certain jobs or daily activities. The effectiveness of this treatment protocol depends on the patient's commitment to their therapeutic exercises and doctor’s recommendations.